BloomBoss’s Ultimate Yield Recipe
BloomBoss’s Ultimate Yield Recipe Ingredients
In order for your garden to thrive, you need to provide your plants with the right balance of these 8 basic “ingredients”:
2. Air Flow/CO2
3. Growing medium
Lighting is the single most important factor in the success of your garden.
BloomBoss’s TrueSun Smart Spectrum was developed by indoor growers over many years of careful experimentation and testing to provide you with a true replacement for the sun so you can produce the most unbelievable harvests you have ever seen!
In the spring the sun’s distance is much closer to the earth allowing plants to absorb more short wavelengths. Short wavelengths are mainly in the white and blue colors of the spectrum. Blue wavelengths are what plants absorb in the Veg stages of photosynthesis. This stage of photosynthesis is what gives plants their strong stems to support the growth of heavy fruit and thick leaves to increase its nutrient and sunlight intake; leaves are basically the plant’s solar panels.
When fall nears, the distance of the Sun increases allowing plants to absorb longer wavelengths. Longer wavelengths are mainly in the red colors of the spectrum. Plants know that by absorbing long wavelengths winter (hibernation period) is nearing, therefore, plants release all their fruit/flowers to prepare for hibernation. When this stage occurs, plants need as much red light as possible to produce healthy and lush fruits/flowers.
The TrueSun Smart Spectrum provides the optimal amount of blue, red and white light for each stage of your plants growth cycle.
Distance from the Light to the Plant
One of the biggest mistakes people make when using LED grow lights is not placing the light at the proper distance from the top of their plants (also known as the canopy).
BloomBoss FUSION Series LED grow lights perform best when the light is close (but not too close!) to the canopy.
BloomBoss recommends initially positioning your light 24” from the top of your plants during the Veg cycle and gradually lowering the light to a distance of 18” based on how your plants respond.
If you want your plants to continue stretching, keep raising the lights as the plants grow. For taller leaner plants, increase the distance between the light and the top of the canopy. For smaller, bushier plants, decrease the distance. As your plants start to grow, keep the distance between the light and the canopy consistent.
During the Bloom cycle, BloomBoss recommends positioning your light 18” from th top of your plants, gradually lowering it down to a distance of 12” above the canopy. During the later stages of the cycle, once the plant has produced flowers, growers can become more aggressive when positioning the distance of their light from the top of the canopy.
Remember to always watch how your plants respond because they will tell you whether they want the light closer or further away.
Caution – Positioning your light too close will stunt growth and possibly cause bleaching. Too far will cause stretching. When raising or lowering your light, make sure to move it only a few inches, and allowing time to transition before moving again.
Photoperiod - Light Cycle Management
Most plants will keep growing in the vegetative cycle as long as it “believes” it is early spring or summer. Outside this happens naturally as the seasons change. Indoors, growers use timers to manage their lights to “tell” their plants when to start blooming. For the best vegetative growth, give your plants 6 hours of darkness per 24-hour period.
Once your plants have reached the desired height (remember, most plants double in size when they bloom) and look strong, it is time to change your light cycle to 12 hours ON and 12 hours OFF. This makes your plant think that fall has come and that it is time to begin blooming. A lot of growers dedicate a room specifically for plants that are blooming.
During this dark cycle, it is very important that no light enters your growing area. Any light can disrupt and will negatively affect the plant’s flowering stage, severely reducing your garden’s yield and quality.
Both the Bloom switch AND the Veg switches should be on at this point for maximum light output. In this mode, a lot more red light is introduced, completing the TrueSun Smart Spectrum.
To control and manage your lights cycle (turn on/off), you will need to use a timer. BloomBoss recommends using Wi-Fi enabled timers by D-Link for easy control of your garden’s schedule as well as energy management and monitoring from your smartphone or tablet. Please contact your BloomBoss retailer to purchase this and other Wi-Fi based garden automation, security and monitoring products.
Ventilation is critical to the success of your indoor garden.
Oscillating fans circulate the air within your garden. By simulating a light breeze, fans help to produce stronger, fuller plants. They also help to prevent mold and fungal disease.
An exhaust fan is the key element of any air ventilation system as it renews the air and regulates the climate of your garden. As BloomBoss LED grow lights produce far less heat than that of traditional HPS/MH lighting, temperature control is less of a concern, but still important.
Many new indoor growers think that their only choice is growing their gardens in soil. Soil is the growing medium that most people are familiar with and one of the most common growing methods, but it is not the only one.
Common growing mediums include:
• Hydroponics (Water)
• Inert Materials (Coco Peat, etc.)
BloomBoss suggests researching which growing medium makes the most sense for your specific situation.
Your plants will grow in many temperature ranges. However, for optimum growth, BloomBoss suggests maintaining a consistent room temperature between 75 and 80 Degrees Fahrenheit (F).
In most indoor gardens, your BloomBoss FUSION LED grow light should not require any additional cooling. In rare situations, depending on your garden’s configuration and number of units running in a confined space, some venting may be required to keep your temperature within acceptable ranges.
Optimally, the humidity of your garden should be maintained at 50% during the Veg cycle and less than 30% when in the Bloom cycle. Lowering the humidity when in Bloom will help to prevent mold and fungal disease.
Getting the right nutrients to your plants is very important. Your plants have different requirements throughout their life cycle. BloomBoss recommends researching what nutrients are recommended for the specific plants you are growing and buying from an experienced vendor.
Your local indoor garden center or hydroponic store is a great resource to help you through the selection process.
As BloomBoss FUSION LED grow lights produce less heat than traditional HPS/MH lights, you will need to adjust your watering and feeding schedule accordingly. For best results, you need to maintain a consistent PH. Soil likes a range from 6 - 6.5 and Hydroponics like a range of 5.5 - 5.8.